48-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Shingo Takatsu in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Shingo Takatsu Contract Information:
The Giants signed Takatsu to a minor league contract in June of 2009.
The Giants signed Takatsu to a minor league contract, npbtracker reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Shingo Takatsu.
Signed minor league deal with the Giants in June 2009.
Signed a one-year contract with the Yakult Swallows in Japan, February 2006.
Japan's all-time save leader wasn't expected to be anything more than a middle reliever in North America, but he started off the season giving hitters fits with his Doug Jones-esque stuff, and when Billy Koch suffered his nearly-inevitable implosion Takatsu smoothly assumed the closer role. He swooned a bit in August due to a few untimely home runs, giving rise to a chorus of "Big league hitters have figured him out!" but he put an end to that nonsense in September. By going 19-for-20 in save chances with a WHIP below 1.00, Takatsu more than earned his 'Mr. Zero' nickname in 2004. He might regress a bit this season, but it's hard to imagine him completely collapsing -- Takatsu enters the year as one of the AL's safer closer bets. Mind you, this is the organization that chased Keith Foulke out of town.
Takatsu, the All-Star closer for Japan's Yakult Swallows, is known as Mr. Zero, a nickname he obtained for having never allowed a run in Japanese World Series play. He's the Japanese League's all-time saves leader racking up 260 in 10 seasons as a closer. It's expected MLB teams will recruit him heavily for the 2004 season although not as a closer, as the sinker-baller probably doesn't have the control to assume the role in North America.
Takatsu, the All-Star closer for Japanís Yakult Swallows, is known as Mr. Zero, a nickname he obtained for having never allowed a run in Japanese World Series play. The 35-year-old is the Japanese Leagueís all-time saves leader racking up 260 in 10 seasons as a closer for the Swallows. Its expected MLB teams will recruit him heavily for the 2004 season although not as a closer. The sidewinding sinkerballer probably doesnít have the control to assume the role in North America as evidenced by a 93/45 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the past three seasons. Itís difficult to assess strikeout numbers out of Japan because they play a different style overall, but most MLB clubs have scouted him as a two-inning set-up man. Takatsu's career stats in Japan can be found on japanesebaseball.com .